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Felony DUI Archives

Man involved in fatal limo crash pleads guilty to DWI

On April 26, it was reported that a New York man who was charged with a DWI in connection with a two-car accident that resulted in four deaths pleaded guilty. The man had potentially been facing manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges, but a grand jury declined to issue these charges as they determined that the other driver was responsible for causing the deaths.

Teen accused of drunk driving following car accident

On March 29, it was reported that a New York teenager was charged with felony DWI after he was accused of causing a car accident while he had two underage passengers in his vehicle. According to authorities, the 19-year-old Commack man was driving on March 28 when he crashed the vehicle into a stop sign, a light pole and finally a tree.

Man charged under Leandra's Law

According to a press release issued by the New York State Police, a 29-year-old man from Riverhead, N.Y., was arrested for driving while intoxicated. At the time of his arrest, he had two children with him in the vehicle, ages 10 and 12.

Man handed multiple felony charges after traffic stop

On Sept. 25, a New York man was handed several felony charges after a traffic stop. The 26-year-old man was pulled over at 12:28 a.m. in East Hampton while he was driving along westbound Route 114 near Stephen Hands Path. East Hampton Town Police say that the accused man showed signs of intoxication including bloodshot and glassy eyes, slurred speech and an unsteady gait.

Aggravated vehicular assault in New York

Motorists in New York may face vehicular assault charges when they cause serious injuries to others while driving under the intoxicated influence of alcohol or drugs. However, they could receive a stronger aggravated vehicular assault charge, which is a class C felony, in some situations. This is a very serious charge and can lead to a custodial sentence of up to 15 years in addition to fines and a lengthy driving ban.

Man charged in deadly crash has history of DWI charges

In New York, a man is facing new DWI charges following a three-car crash that claimed the life of one woman and caused her husband to be seriously injured. The couple's 23-year-old son was also hurt in the accident, which happened on June 26. According to sources, the alleged drunk driver had previously been charged with DWI in 2006.

Marijuana laws may not accurately measure drivers' impairment

New York residents may know that driving under the influence of drugs such as cannabis is illegal. According to the AAA safety foundation, laws determining whether a driver is impaired by marijuana have no scientific merit. States such as Colorado, Montana and Pennsylvania determine whether a driver is impaired based on how much THC is in their system. However, researchers say that it is almost impossible to determine whether a driver has used recently or has merely used at some point in the past.

Aggravated and felony DWI

Anyone who has ever been pulled over by a police officer likely experienced feelings of anxiety and even fear. In cases where being pulled over is followed by an officer requesting that a driver exit his or her motor vehicle and submit to a series of field sobriety tests, one's anxiety level is likely to skyrocket. This is especially true in cases where an individual has previously been convicted of drunk driving or registers a blood alcohol limit of .18 or higher.

A look at public opinion when it comes to the appeals process

When you have a deeper understanding of criminal law like our Poughkeepsie readers do, you tend to look at news stories differently than most New York residents. While many writers try to look at criminal cases objectively, other writers may try to put a spin on a case as a way to sway public opinion. Sometimes, a writer's efforts fall on deaf ears. But sometimes it works, perhaps even leading to public opinion that has less to do with justice and more to do with shaming the courts into ignoring a person's civil rights.

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